Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator Applications

MEDIATION AND EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION PANELS NOW OPEN

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is now accepting applications for new Mediators and Early Neutral Evaluators. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning immediately and must be received no later than Monday, January 14, 2019 to be considered.

The Court is especially interested in applicants whose participation will increase the diversity of its mediation and ENE panels and in applicants who have sufficient skill or expertise to serve as neutrals in one or more of our high-volume practice areas: ADA Access, Consumer Credit, ERISA, Fair Debt Collection Practices, and Police Practices.

The application process is competitive. Although applicants should reserve all training dates on their calendars, participation in the training is by invitation only.

MEDIATION PANEL REQUIREMENTS

Attorney applicants must be members of the bar of this Court (or of the faculty of an accredited law school), be admitted to the practice of law for at least seven years, and be knowledgeable about civil litigation in federal court. Exceptional non-attorney applicants will be considered but must have professional credentials in another discipline and be knowledgeable about civil litigation in federal court. All applicants must have the temperament to listen well, facilitate communication across party lines, and assist the parties with settlement negotiations. Successful completion of initial and periodic Court-sponsored training is required for service on the panel, as described below.

Initial Training:

Full participation in the Court’s own four-day, two-part Mediation training is required, regardless of whether an applicant has received prior Mediation training. The Court will be conducting training sessions in April and May of 2019.

Part One will be presented:

  • in Palo Alto (location to be determined) on April 30th and May 1st and
  • at the courthouse in San Francisco on May 8th and May 9th.

Part Two will be presented:

  • at the courthouse in San Francisco on May 10th and May 11th and
  • repeated on May 22nd and 23rd.

This training is offered free of charge to those invited to attend and provides approximately 6.5 hours of MCLE credit per day, including some ethics and elimination of bias credit.

Continuing Training and Education:

Mediators who complete the 2019 Mediation training successfully and who are then invited to join the Court’s panel of neutrals, will be expected to meet the following requirements to remain on the panel:

  1. Either co-mediate or have an experienced District Court Mediation Panel member observe the first one to three mediation sessions. The ADR staff will assist in making appropriate arrangements to meet this qualification.
  2. For at least the first year of service, either participate in an Advanced Mediation Practice Group or establish a mentoring relationship with an experienced District Court Mediation Panel member. Advanced Mediation Practice groups, which are led by ADR legal staff, meet monthly on a regularly scheduled basis for two-hour sessions to discuss cases. Members are expected to attend at least nine sessions per year. Mentoring entails a commitment to debrief mediation sessions with an experienced panel member who can provide guidance and advice as needed. The ADR staff will assist in matching new mediators with appropriate mentors.
  3. Participate in three hours of continuing education relevant to mediation each year, including Court “brown bag” sessions or trainings or other mediation, negotiation, or communication trainings. Participation in an Advanced Mediation Practice Group satisfies this requirement
  4. Spend a minimum of ten hours each year reading books, articles, or reported cases relevant to mediation, negotiation, or communication.

ENE PANEL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be members of the bar of this Court (or of the faculty of an accredited law school), admitted to the practice of law for at least 15 years, have considerable experience with civil litigation in federal court, and have substantial expertise in the subject matter of the cases they evaluate. Applicants must have the temperament to listen well, facilitate communication across party lines, and assist the parties with settlement negotiations. Successful completion of initial and periodic Court-sponsored training is required for service on the panel, as described below.

Initial Training:

Full participation in the Court’s own one-day ENE training is required, regardless of whether an applicant has received prior training. The Court will be conducting training sessions in April and May of 2019. The first session will be presented at the San Francisco courthouse on April 23rd and the second in Palo Alto (location to be determined) on April 25th. This training is offered free of charge to those invited to attend, and provides approximately 6.5 hours of MCLE credit, including some ethics and elimination of bias credit.

Continuing Training and Education:

Evaluators successfully completing the 2019 ENE training, who are then invited to join the Court’s panel of neutrals, will be expected to meet the following requirements to remain on the panel:

  1. Participate in three hours of continuing education relevant to the panelist’s areas of expertise each year.
  2. Participate periodically in Court-sponsored ENE continuing education as offered by the Court.
  3. Spend a minimum of ten hours each year reading books, articles, or reported cases relevant to the panelist's areas of expertise.

For more information, please call the ADR Unit at 415-522-2199.